She grew very tall, once she got going. I tied it for the picture with just some twine. I have to go to the basement to get some raffia to give her a proper bow. I have one or two more just in bud. Charisma (my favorite) will bloom soon. If I didn't know that they were meant to enjoy for Christmas, I'd love it all the more. I have good luck growing these and keeping them from year to year. I always have some from the previous year and then buy one new one at Christmas time. I have learned to buy different colors than red, because then they look good in the house at any season. So now while the Easter lilies are in the supermarkets...I have this beautiful white flower to enjoy.
I'm just about ready to go out and start working. We had just over a half inch of rain last night. It's surprising to me how much the green things have popped in the woods. Yesterday, all I could see back there was brown and a little bit of green. Today, everything has started to jump. Lots of green...maybe it's only garlic mustard :( Our landscape guy called last night and we hired him to spread the mulch. Wow! It's so expensive to have this done this year. We figure that we simply can't do the job and if we want to stay here in our home...we have to hire out jobs like this. Lawn mowing and snow removal too. It's cheaper to hire people to do these jobs than it would be to move. I'm not saying that we won't buy a condo...just not right now. I still love to do the work I can and love my gardens.